Dalrymple announces grant to help Ward County residents repair flood-damaged-homes


Governor Jack Dalrymple announced  that the state has awarded a $3.5 million grant to help Ward County residents rehabilitate flood-damaged homes and retain resident populations.

Last year, the Legislature authorized the Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant program and appropriated $10 million to help North Dakota homeowners cover the costs of repairing flood-damaged homes. The funds also can be used for home demolition projects when homeowners remain in their communities.

“These funds are part of a much larger, on-going state response to help Minot, Ward County and other areas of our state recover from 2011 floods,” Dalrymple said. “We will continue to work with local leaders and residents to meet the dynamic needs created by historic flooding and to provide long-term flood protection.”

The North Dakota Office of the Adjutant General has approved the $3.5 million grant to the Souris Valley United Way which will disburse funds through the Souris Valley Long Term Recovery Committee to qualified homeowners in Ward County.

The $3.5 million grant will help cover the costs of rehabilitating 780 homes in Ward County. About $6.5 million in state funding remains to be awarded in counties impacted by major flooding.

For more information about the Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant program or to receive a grant application, contact the Souris Valley United Way, 15 2nd Ave. SW, Minot. The United Way can be contacted by phone at:  701.839.3018.  Grant applications can also be requested by email to:svuwflood@srt.com.

“With this state assistance, we can help a lot of families rebuild their lives and recover from the disaster,” said Patricia Smith, executive director of the Souris Valley United Way.

North Dakota homeowners and businesses impacted by major flooding also are taking advantage of the state’s Rebuilders Loan Program. At the recommendation of Gov. Dalrymple, the Legislature appropriated $50 million for the Bank of North Dakota (BND) to provide fixed, 1-percent loans for flood-impacted residents. Other state disaster assistance includes:

  • ·        An additional $50 million in State Water Commission spending authority to fund floodway property acquisitions in Ward County and other statewide flood-protection projects
  • ·        $30 million to help counties, cities and other political subdivisions cover the costs of repairing public infrastructure damaged by floods
  • ·        $29.5 million in state funds required to match funding assistance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • ·        $45.6 million in state matching funds for emergency road repairs throughout the state
  • ·        $23 million to help cities, counties and townships outside North Dakota’s oil and gas counties offset the costs of repairing flood-damaged roads and other the costs of other extraordinary road repairs
  • ·        $500,000 in grant funds for flood-damaged schools

Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple